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GERALD LEE "BUTCH" TURNER

February 6, 1943 ~ November 15, 2018 (age 75)

                                             Gerald Lee “Butch” Turner

                                                    1943 - 2018

 

Gerald Lee “Butch” Turner, 75, of Meridian, Idaho, passed away November 15, 2018, with his  family at his side, after a courageous battle with Parkinson’s and Lewy Bodies.  The youngest of four children, he was born February 6, 1943, to Forrest David Turner and Gertrude Dorothy Paull, in Riverton, Wyoming.  The family moved to rural Prosser, Washington, where he grew up enjoying the outdoors with his dog Whisker’s.  He graduated from Prosser High School and started working for Gunderson Bros.  Always close to his family, he moved with them to Kailua, Hawaii.  He completed cement finisher apprenticeship working up to foreman.  Operating a Gomaco Slip Form and Paver while he worked for his brother Joe Turner at Kearney Bros. Construction.  Butch loved Hawaii and enjoyed all that it offered.  He and his brother built a boat for fishing the bay and took visiting family on fishing excursions.  They enjoyed exploring the beaches and snorkeling.  Butch met the love of his life, Patricia “Patt” Coburn Boatright in Kailua and they were married there.  He became an instant father to her son Thomas Boatright, Jr.  They added one more son, Paul David Turner to their family.  In 1975, they moved to Meridian, Idaho to be near Patt’s mother.  Butch went to work for JM Hess Construction Co., operating, maintaining, repairing a Gomaco machine, and doing handwork.  He worked hard to provide for his family and was always available to help friends with building projects.  He loved Idaho’s mountains, lakes and rivers; camping, hiking, and fishing with his family at every opportunity.  He loved animals and they loved him, especially his cats.  Their first home in Meridian, he put in a huge garden, growing most of what they ate.  He planted fruit trees, garden, grapes, and built a beautiful deck and patio at their second home.  Their third home was downsized with a small garden and patio area.  He enjoyed gardening, woodworking, cars, good food, friends, and traveling to visit family in Arizona, Washington, and Oregon.  He and Patt traveled to Italy with friends, and to Alaska and the East Coast to visit friends.  When his parents moved back to the mainland, Butch helped build a home for them in White Salmon, Washington on his sister’s, Grace and Lee Wiley’s, ranch. He also helped build a home for his aunts, Roxie and Grace near by.  Those trips in the snow at Thanksgiving and Christmas time will never be forgotten, nor the toboggan rides and haying in the summer.  Butch was a kind, introspective, compassionate, and strong man who loved his family deeply.  He will be greatly missed.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Ma and Pa Turner, brother Joe Edward, sisters Grace Wiley and SuNell Hohler.  He is survived by his wife Patt, sons Thomas E. Boatright, Jr. (Cori), Paul D. Turner (Becky), and many nieces and nephews.  Special thanks to Copper Springs Memory Care and Keystone Hospice for all of their care and kindness.  At his request, he will be cremated and no funeral service is planned.  However, there will be a memorial service on Saturday Dec. 1, 2018.  Friends and family are invited to attend at Bowman Funeral Parlor, 10254 W. Carlton Bay, Garden City from 2-4 pm.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to the Delay the Disease Program through the YMCA Boise, ID or the Humane Society.  More information can be found at www.bowmanfuneral.com.

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